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Keep the Promise - Advent in a Time of AIDS

About the Calendar

Take time each day this Advent season to reflect, with Christians from around the world, on the pain, hope and love made starkly visible in the HIV pandemic.

The 37 reflections in this devotional calendar demonstrate the leadership of Christians around the world who are engaged at all levels of the response to the HIV pandemic. They are prophets and pastors, leaders and lay people, women and men, HIV positive and HIV negative – all united in the conviction that by keeping our personal and collective promises, we can reach the goal of universal access to treatment, care and prevention and work towards a future without AIDS.

Contributers include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Rick and Kay Warren, Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Rev. Dr. Walter Altmann, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, Sister Maria Cimperman, Erik Sawyer, Pastor Patricia Sawo, Bishop Paul and many more.

We invite you to use this devotional resource from World AIDS Day, 1 December, to Christmas, whether celebrated in Western or Eastern traditions. The reflections can be used as individual devotions or to initiate group discussion or prayer.

This calendar was prepared specifically for World AIDS Day in 2007 and 2008.

Download the Calendar

The calendar can be downloaded in five languages:

English, French, Spanish, German, Russian


Letter PDF (EN, FR, ES, RU)

You should feel free to reprint the calendar for use in your church or community.


Special thanks are due to all of the authors who have generously contributed to this calendar with open hearts, a spirit of compassion and a commitment to provide leadership and keep their promises in the response to HIV and AIDS.

Rev. Ferdy Baglo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada served as the editor of the calendar.

Designed by Ms. Natalie Ott of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible © 1989 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.

*Inclusion of persons in photos should not be construed as indicating their health status.
© 2007 Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Material may be photocopied or quoted as long as credit is given to the source (author and Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance “Keep the Promise” Advent calendar).

May our prayers be the foundation for action to keep our promises, and hold others to theirs, so that future generations will not live in a time of AIDS.